Replate's technology platform enables businesses to schedule on-demand pickups for their surplus food and activates the community to reliably redistribute surplus food to those experiencing food insecurity. Funds will be used to increase Replate's presence in Alameda County through automated dispatching that will improve efficiency, optimize routes, and free up staff time for building partnerships.
The McGee Center for Food, Faith & Justice (CFFJ) provides an innovative, community-centered network of food sourcing and distribution to alleviate the problems of hunger and poor nutrition in Berkeley. Funds will support CFFJ’s Food Recovery Program that recovers food that would otherwise have gone to waste from food retailers, distributers, and producers in Berkeley and nearby municipalities, and redistribute through an on-site pantry and meal program serving residents experiencing food insecurity.
Transition Berkeley's mission is to bring community together to build a more equitable, sustainable, and resilient future for Berkeley. Funds will be used to work with Cal Berkeley's Engineers for a Sustainable World Students to develop curriculum focused on repair for Cal students, including waste stream education, product design, circular economy, and repair. Class will provide practical hands-on learning about how to diagnosis and repair electronics, small appliances, bicycles, clothing, and furniture.
The ReUp Refill shop in Oakland allows customers to get bath, body, kitchen, and cleaning products in refillable containers, reducing waste from single-use plastics. Funds will allow the shop to purchase a pre-owned electric bike for sustainable deliveries and refurbish a used shipping container to provide storage of large scale inventory items such as 55 gallon drums.
Kala Art Institute's mission is to help artists sustain their creative work over time through artist residencies and to engage the community through exhibitions, public programs, and education. Funds will be used to repair large scale printmaking and digital equipment to prevent the items from being recycled and/or landfilled, as well as purchase an industrial washer/dryer so they can switch to reusable rags.
The Ecology Center’s mission is to inspire and build a sustainable, healthy, and just future for the East Bay, California, and beyond. They transform the ideals of sustainability into everyday practice. Grant funds for expansion and continuation of the Reusable Cup Pilot, implementing the Vessel Reusable Cup system into additional cafes and eating establishments in Alameda County. Project will commence when County and City Health orders allow project activities.
Grantee will purchase two commercial refrigerators and one commercial freezer. As a result of this new equipment, it’s estimated that the Grantee will recover approximately 600 lbs. of edible food a week during the duration of the grant.
Grantee will purchase reusable plastic pallets and totes to replace limited-use wooden pallets and cardboard boxes, temperature controlled food storage equipment to keep recovered food at the proper temperature, and reusable food containers to reduce disposable aluminum trays. It is estimated that the Grantee will recover approximately 200,000 lbs. 1of edible food between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.
BFN's Food Recovery Program is working to close the gap between the number of people in Berkeley experiencing food insecurity and available food-assistance services. They will purchase reusable plastic pallets and totes to replace limited-use wooden pallets and cardboard boxes, temperature controlled food storage equipment (e.g. thermal blankets and hot/cold boxes) to keep recovered food at the proper temperature to prevent edible food from spoiling, and reusable food containers to reduce the use of disposable aluminum trays.
Funds used to purchase 150 reusable totes which are used to deliver ready-to-eat packaged meals to grocery stores throughout the Bay Area, eliminating 2500 corrugated boxes each year, reducing product loss and improving worker safety.